This book identifies and examines the political activities of selected religious actors, in both domestic and international contexts, in relation to democracy, human rights and civilisational interactions. And it asks why, how and when do selected religious actors seek to influence political outcomes?
The book is divided into two parts. Section 1 examines the controversial issue of how, why and when religious actors affect democratisation – that is, the transition to democracy – and democracy itself. These chapters examine the impact of religion on democratisation and human rights, with particular attention to secularisation, Islam, and globalisation. They indicate that numerous religious actors have had major importance in helping determine democratisation outcomes in various countries. Section 2 examines the relationships between religion, human rights and civilisational interactions in the context of post-secular politics and links to conflict, and it explores how these relationships affect political outcomes in both domestic and international contexts.
This book will be of great interest to postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students of religion and politics; religion and international relations; democratisation and democracy; and global governance, especially studies of the United Nations. It will also interest practitioners and scholars who work on religion and politics, at a domestic and international level.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Religion, Conflict and Post-Secular Politics: An Introduction
Section 1: Religious actors and democracy
1. Religion and democratisation: what do we now know?
2. Democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa: What is the Effect of Globalisation?
3. Islam and Democracy in East Africa
4. The ‘Arab Uprising’, Islamists and Democratisation
5. Religion, democratization and secularization
Section 2: Religion, human rights and civilisational interactions: Postsecular politics and conflict
6. Religion, Democracy and Civil Liberties: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Ramifications
7. Donald Trump, ‘Judeo-Christian Values’, and the ‘Clash of Civilisations’
8. The United Nations Alliance of Civilisations and Global Justice
9. The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and Interfaith Dialogue: What Is It Good For?
10. From Huntington to Trump: Twenty-five years of the ‘clash of civilisations’
Conclusion: Concluding reflections on religion, conflict and post-secular politics
Jeffrey Haynes is Emeritus Professor of politics at London Metropolitan University, UK. He is the editor of the series Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics and coeditor of the journal Democratization. His latest book is From Huntington to Trump: Thirty Years of the Clash of Civilizations (2019).